Alongside our training days, our organisational culture supports the continuation of professional development throughout the year. Coaching support and regular feedback are all part of the job and keeps us focused on delivering the best course experience for our students.
Supporting staff professional development is fundamental to maintaining our long history of facilitating one of the best personal development programs in New Zealand. Working with the needs of people is a forever changing landscape and one that must be constantly understood. Our staff training aims to ensure we have the required capabilities to keep our students safe, while providing a high-quality development experience.
Also, we believe it is important to walk the talk.
Outward Bound is in the business of asking people to step away from the comforts of life into a new and challenging environment. Therefore, to ask this of our students, we must continue to do this ourselves.
Our training weeks are run on similar principles to our courses; working together through difficult times, heading on challenging adventures, learning new skills and learning more about ourselves. Each day is carefully crafted by our training manager Sharon Nicholas to ensure we maximise the time that we have.
I am sure that any past Outward Bound student would take great pleasure in observing 30 instructors trying to be organised all at the same time…
As I sat down on the shore that evening (still rocking slightly) I looked around in full contentment.
Today I was at work, getting paid to train and learn with a bunch of passionate and inspiring individuals. I am incredibly grateful to work for an organisation that invests in a professional training program to constantly develop our capabilities.
Outward Bound Course Design Manager